BRINGING BACK EUROPEAN BISON

After determining the causes of bison near-extinction in Europe, experts believe they have some insights toward successfully increasing herds there. 

Herds of European bison (Bison bonasus) roamed Europe until 1927, when they went extinct in the wild.

 Since then, efforts to reintroduce the species have resulted in 7,300 free-ranging bison, although these reintroductions were carried out without a thorough understanding of the species' distribution across the continent. 

In a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, scientists combined fossil data, ancient DNA, 

In a study that was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, researchers combined fossil data, ancient DNA,

and modeling to uncover the factors that led to the initial fall of the European bison population. In their investigation,

they discovered that the primary causes were human hunting and changes in the environment. 

With the help of this information, they identified the regions that are now the most favorable for the species.

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